EVANSVILLE, Ind. — A man accused of killing an Evansville woman and dismembering her body has made his first court appearance in the case.

A judge entered a not guilty plea on behalf of 38-year-old Earl Martin during Thursday’s initial hearing. He’s charged with murder and obstruction of justice in the December shooting death of 41-year-old Erica Bradfield.

The Evansville Courier & Press reports Bradfield’s body parts were found in trash bags behind the home Martin shared with his mother.

Court records show Vanderburgh County prosecutors plan to seek a life without parole sentenced if Martin is convicted. He’s being held without bond.

A message seeking comment was left Friday with Martin’s public defender.

Martin was also charged last week with murder and robbery in the December death of a 20-year-old man.

Information from: Evansville Courier & Press, http://www.courierpress.com

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